It’s called the “Tragic City” for a reason. [Magic City murder 2018: Birmingham’s chilling homicide numbers, Birmingham News, 1-1-19]:
Birmingham ended 2018 with 107 homicides, down from 111 in 2017.
Still, it was one of the deadliest years in recent Magic City history. Had Birmingham suffered seven more murders before midnight, the city’s homicide total would have reached a 22-year high.
Numbers tell a chilling tale of Birmingham’s struggle with violent crime in 2018.
The city’s west side is the community most plagued by homicide. Nearly 8 percent of the city’s violent deaths were the result of people using deadly force to protect themselves or others in what were ruled justifiable homicides. Retaliation for other acts of violence frequently fueled Birmingham homicides.
Most of the homicide victims were killed inside homes. Many had prior criminal records. The vast majority were African-American males.
And, as a new year begins, more than half of Birmingham’s 2018 homicides remain unsolved.
Here is a look at Birmingham’s 2018 homicide numbers:8 homicides ruled justifiable
Of the 107 homicides in Birmingham, eight were ruled justifiable.
The Birmingham Police Department does not count homicides ruled justifiable in its year-end tally because they only have to include criminal homicides in what they turn into the FBI each year.75 dead black males
Of the 99 criminal homicides, 75 of the victims were black males. The rest of the breakdown is 14 black females, five white females, four white males and one Hispanic male.
In 85 of the cases, the suspects are black males. Four other suspects are black females, followed by one white female and one Hispanic male. There is no description in eight of the homicides. In 65 of the homicides, the victim and the suspect were acquaintances.
So in 2018, 99 percent of known criminal homicide suspects in 75% black Birmingham, Alabama were non-white. Nine white people were murder victims in 2018, leaving one to ask a simple question: were the suspects in these homicides black (non-white)? Were they interracial in nature?